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Brett Wilkins- Independent Journalist and Board member of Ethics In Technology Will be Presenting Bug Splat.
Bugsplat: Can Technology Really Make War Less Deadly for Civilians?
There is a school of thought that posits advances in technology will make war less deadly for innocent civilians. But is that really true? We’ll examine the notion that “smart,” “precision” and other technologies have made armed conflicts less dangerous for civilians by looking at case studies from decades of US wars in the Middle East and beyond.
Bob Chandra has worked in high-tech since 1996; serving in Product Management roles for Twitter, Amazon, and Walmart Global E-Commerce. His talk is on the commercialization of military weapons including technologies such as Active Guardian (a pain beam used for crowd control) and LRAD (a long range acoustic weapon that produces ear splitting targeted sound).
Marta Kosmyna is the Silicon Valley Lead for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a coalition of over 100 organizations working in 54 countries to address the human rights implications of growing autonomy in weapons systems.
Francesca Fiorentini is a correspondent, comedian and B-list internet celebrity. She was behind viral hits like "The Real Deal With the US Mexico Border" and "White Fragility in the Workplace", and was host of the show Newsbroke on Facebook Watch. She has been in SF Sketchfest three years and counting and is currently host of the podcast The Bitchuation Room.
Chloe McGovern started doing stand-up comedy when she was 18 years old, a decision that proved to be irreparably damaging both morally and spiritually, but a true delight to audiences everywhere. She can be seen regularly opening for Rich Vos and competing in Roast Battles at The Stand, New York Comedy Club, and The Comedy Store.
Annette Mullaney is a software engineer and standup comic based in San Francisco. Named a "Comic to Catch" by the San Francisco Chronicle, her comedy is self-deprecating, feminist, existentialist, smart, vulgar, and full of big words to prove she's been to grad school.
Abi See is a PhD student in Computer Science at Stanford University, where she specializes in Natural Language Processing - the application of Artificial Intelligence to human language. She comes from Cambridge, UK, and has performed comedy in New York and the Bay Area.
Vahid Razavi is the host of previous NSA Comedy Shows and Big Tech Comedy Roast. Previously employed at Amazon and many tech firms in the Valley. Author of a new book Ethics In Tech and Lack Thereof. Copies of the book will be shared with the audience.
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